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‘I’ve been told I will never have to buy a drink again’ - Graham knows he can be an instant Ipswich hero

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 07:05 02 September 2018

Jordan Graham, pictured during his first loan spell in 2013 and on his return earlier this week. Picture: ARCHANT/ITFC

Jordan Graham, pictured during his first loan spell in 2013 and on his return earlier this week. Picture: ARCHANT/ITFC


Jordan Graham knows he has the chance to be an instant Ipswich Town hero if he can make an impact against Norwich this weekend.

The winger is back at the club for a second loan spell, with his first comprising just two substitute appearances in 2013, and says he is fit and raring to go Sunday’s East Anglian Derby after joining from Wolves.

“There’s no better fixture to get involved in than the one on Sunday,” he said. “It’s really exciting and it’s been on my mind since I arrived here on Monday.

“It’s obviously a massive one for the fans and for the club, and especially with the position we are in right now.

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“There’s no better time to get a win than against Norwich on Sunday. I’ve already had a few comments on Twitter about that – they are saying I will never have to buy a drink again – so I know what’s at stake.

“If I can get on the pitch and get some game time that’s what I’ll be looking to do.

“This is definitely the sort of game you want to be a part of as a player. They don’t come much bigger in the Championship than Ipswich against Norwich and there’s also the added pressure of our position in the league table.

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“I think a win would do the club the world of good. The boys know that, as do the staff and everybody else, and it’s going to add to the excitement of the game on Sunday.

“I don’t have much experience of derby fixtures but I like pressure and excitement because I tend to thrive on it. The bigger the occasion, the bigger it is to play in. When you’re a kid growing up that’s what you want to get stuck into and try to make your mark.”

Graham’s career has been hit by injury in recent years, with the winger sidelined for more than a year with a knee problem suffered in 2016, but he insists he is feeling as fit as ever.

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“I’m ready if required against Norwich,” the 23-year-old said. “I think the plan at Wolves was always to get me into the best possible physical condition so I’m ready to hit the ground running and get involved straight away.

“To be honest I feel in better physical condition now than I was the last time I was here. I feel stronger, quicker, fitter and bigger.

“I can’t wait to get back out there playing week in, week out, in front of loads of fans.”

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